Topic outline

  • Medical Terminology Pretest

    Having a good working knowledge of medical terminology will help you in any job in the medical field. For a job in a medical office, strong vocabulary is essential. When you communicate with patients, you will want to understand the technical terms so that you can explain things better. When you have a doctor's attention, you'll want to have the right words to make communication more effective.

    If you'd like a preview of what you'll learn in the next topics, try this medical terminology pre-test. Don't get discouraged if you find it difficult! Use what you already know to make a best guess. You might be surprised at what you already know.


  • Introduction to Word Structure (1hr)

    Understanding the word parts that describe medical terms and procedures is important for anyone who works with surgical patients or medical records.

  • Combining Forms (1hr)

    This topic will give you an intensive study of combining forms, or root words, that are commonly used in the medical field.

  • Suffixes (1hr)

    This topic will give you an intensive study of suffixes, or root endings, that are commonly used in the medical field. Suffixes are word parts added to the ends of words. Adding a suffix will change the meaning of the word.

  • Prefixes (1hr)

    This topic will give you an intensive study of prefixes that are commonly used in the medical field. Prefixes are word parts that are located at the beginning of the word. When it is added to a root word, it changes the meaning of the word.

  • Pronunciation of Medical Terms (1hr)

    Learning how to pronounce medical terms accurately is critical to a successful career in the medical office field. Making mistakes in this area can cause harm to a patient, so it is important to get it right.

    Using the pronunciation guidelines shown in this topic will help you pronounce new medical and technical terms more accurately, especially those that come from Latin and Greek. These guidelines are meant to be an introduction and do not include all of the pronunciation rules for suffixes and prefixes.


  • Spelling Medical Terms (1hr)

    Spelling medical terms correctly is as important as pronouncing medical terms correctly. In this topic, you will learn more about spelling medical terms with a variety of word parts, as well as forming plurals.

  • Medical Terminology Review Quiz (1hr)

    Test your knowledge of medical terminology by taking this quiz.

  • Body Systems Overview (1hr)

    In this topic, you’ll learn about:

    1. levels of organization of the body in terms of cells, tissues, organs and systems
    2. planes and regions of the body, including body cavities and quadrants, abdominopelvic regions and directional terms
    3. combining forms, prefixes/suffixes and abbreviations related to body structure, including diagnostic, symptomatic and therapeutic procedures

  • Integumentary System (1hr)

    The integumentary system (skin) functions as protection from the environment and sends signals to the brain regarding temperature, pain and pressure.

  • Digestive System (1hr)

    The digestive system is made up of the digestive tract (gastrointestinal or GI tract) and other organs that help the body break down and absorb food.

  • Respiratory System (1hr)

    The respiratory system is a group of organs and tissues that help you breathe. Primarily, the parts of this system include the airways, the lungs and linked blood vessels, and the muscles that enable breathing.

  • Cardiovascular System (1hr)

    The cardiovascular (or circulatory) system helps blood travel throughout the body. The main parts of the circulatory system are the heart, arteries, and veins.

  • Blood, Lymph, and Immune System (1hr)

    The two primary fluid systems in the body are the blood and lymph. These systems follow similar paths throughout the body and are responsible for carrying the agents of the immune system.

  • Musculoskeletal System (1hr)

    The musculoskeletal system offers support and provides shape to the body. The skeleton gives structure to the body through a foundation of bones and cartilage. The muscles cover the bones where they hinge and provide the forces that make movement possible. They also provide a protective covering for internal organs and produce body heat.


  • Urinary System (1hr)

    The Urinary System produces, stores, and excretes urine. The Urinary System includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, and the urethra.

  • Female Reproductive System (1hr)

    The female reproductive system contains two main organs: the uterus and the ovaries.

  • Male Reproductive System (1hr)

    The male reproductive system exists primarily outside of a man's body.

  • Endocrine System (1hr)

    The major glands of the endocrine system are the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal gland, pancreas, gonads, and pineal gland. The endocrine system works with all other organ systems; it creates hormones that carry messages throughout the body. The hormones contribute to growth and development, reproduction, mood, and many other functions.

  • Nervous System (1hr)

    The Nervous System has two parts: The central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, and retina. The peripheral nervous system travels out from the spine and neurons transmit signals that move the body.

  • Special Senses (1hr)

    The special senses include vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch.

  • Body Systems Review Quiz

    Test your knowledge of anatomy and physiology terminology basics by taking this quiz.